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Posted on Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 2:59 p.m.

Images from the media tour of the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

By Melanie Maxwell

The University of Michigan Health System today showed off the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital to the news media for the first time.

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Mott Hospital surgeon-in-chief Ronald Hirschl shows off the fourth floor of the new facility.

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Fri, Nov 4, 2011 : 2:19 p.m.

When will the public be allowed to view the new facility? I saw the opening gala, but wonder if there w/b an opportunity for the public to see, before it's 'open for business'. Thanks for a speedy reply as it c/b soon!

Kai Petainen

Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 1:21 a.m.

In case you missed it.... in the reply to my comment about the butterflies... Rebecca noted.... &quot;In this case, however, the artist did use Arizona Tea cans collected from the construction teams who helped build the facility.&quot; That's AWESOME! I'm really happy to hear that. He's a great artist, and I'm glad you clarified that to me. Nice! (he does a nice job with beer cans as well, but that would have been... awkward... at a children's hospital) Whoever made the choice to use the Tea cans was quite smart.... Can't wait to see the installation in person. What a nice way to pay respect to the workers as well. BTW, here's a photo of the sunset over the hospital tonight. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> and here <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 5:52 p.m.

Sadly, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) unit will not be moving to the new hospital. It is the only unit that will be left behind in the Maternal Child Health Complex. By comparison to the other units in Mott, it has always been a sort of dismal gray unit with outdated vhs players and 30 year old mats in our playroom. Now the differences are even more stark. CAP will be far removed from the pediatric pharmacy, security staff, the Rapid Response Team, a kitchen, the beautiful play room.


Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 2:30 p.m.

Wow. I love how my taxes where used to pay for this whole thing. Otherwise, nice pictures.


Thu, Nov 3, 2011 : 6:02 p.m.

You are so wrong! It's actually donors with compassion like me and countless others who donated money, numerous fundraisers from Charles Woodson to private donors that you will never even hear about. There are many people who made this possible. This is more than nice pictures and it's sad that you don't see beyond that, I guess you never met a sick or dying child. Try spending some time at the new hospital and see who will benefit from this new environment. It could change your life.

Long Time No See

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 6:51 p.m.

nope. &quot;The total project cost will be approximately $754 million, funded through hospital reserves and philanthropy. No state funding will be required.&quot; from: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> People who care about children helped pay for it. You are apparently not one of those people.

Kai Petainen

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 5:09 a.m.

awesome photos. neat view of the fall colors in the arb. really nice layout to the hospital. i do have an objection with this particular piece of art... it's pretty, but.... &quot;Butterflies made from recycled iced tea cans decorate the lobby of the new Mott. Angela J. Cesere&quot; Are you sure they're made of iced tea cans? I was unaware that the artist uses iced tea cans. After all, beer cans in a children's hospital would be a bit odd.... ? From the artists' statement <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> &quot;I am drawn to humble, yet evocative materials; in this case, crushed beer cans from the streets of New York - every one of them once raised to someone's lips. My process of "recycling" them into images of butterflies is a quiet physical meditation, a yoga of tin snips and files and fingers.&quot; &quot;Finally, the butterflies operate symbolically, and I try to develop a conceptual unity between materials, process, and imagery: metamorphosing littered beer cans into flocks of butterflies mirrors the act of transformation and rebirth that butterflies symbolize across all cultures.&quot;

Rebecca Priest

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

Kai, you are correct that the butterfly installations were created by Paul Villinski. In this case, however, the artist did use Arizona Tea cans collected from the construction teams who helped build the facility. Thanks for your interest in this beautiful part of the new building! (Rebecca Priest, Public Relations &amp; Marketing, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital)

Kai Petainen

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 : 5:01 a.m.

sweet. the artist that does the 'beercan butterflies' did some artwork there (2nd photo of blue butterflies on the wall) <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> he takes old beer cans, cuts them up, and makes butterflies out of them. interesting symbolism for a hospital.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 11:37 p.m.

These pictures literally brought tears to my eyes! When you have a precious child who is born with a condition such as Complex Congenital Heart Disease, this place becomes your second home and it was ours during our son's 3 years of life. This hospital is full of hope and happiness and the families will be in better spirits due to this new environment. It can be depressing for those kids who are in the hospital for months at a time or spending their last days of their life in the hospital. This new facility is something to cherish and be proud of. The kids deserve this ray of sunshine. Everyone who works at Mott deserves this new environment. We owe Michigan Congenital Heart Center and the old 5 East a lot and will always hold them close in our heart.


Tue, Nov 1, 2011 : 8:07 p.m.

This is where my heart is at. To help the ill children, and give them hope. This hospital has been a long time needed, and I believe when it comes to UofM medical, they do care, and I have been there with my kids many, many times. I am grateful to them and I ask that God bless the people who help God with his handy work, and all the children who need the care our new hospital provides. Thank you UofM.